The Western Australian Government is actively committed to improving opportunities and facilitating investment through programs such as Water for Food. The Water for Food program is defining water source availability for the establishment of new irrigation areas and increasing the size and water efficiency of existing irrigation districts across defined project areas.
Projects are at various stages of development, ranging from early investigations through to a progressed Expressions of Interest (EOI) phase. Please visit the news page to find out about the latest project updates and investment opportunities.
Projects have been strategically selected to facilitate irrigation on suitable land near existing infrastructure, including all-weather roads, ports and airport facilities. Sourcing sustainable water solutions in these areas will tap into opportunities across industry sectors including beef production, dairy processing, horticulture and irrigated cropping and irrigation infrastructure development.
In addition to its focus on securing water source availability, Water for Food is working with the State Government to develop robust and replicable land tenure options that promote and support investment in potential intensive agricultural sites in Western Australia’s pastoral and broader rangelands estate.
Examples of projects currently being developed by Water for Food include:
Southern Forests – identifying new water resources and developing irrigation schemes to drive expansion of horticultural industries (such as fruit, vegetable and nuts) in the south west of WA.
Myalup-Wellington - developing new water supply options and land availability, to support a target of doubling food production in the Myalup and Collie River irrigation precincts.
Midlands - assessing land and water resources to support expansion of fruit and vegetable production north of the Gingin horticultural region.
Gascoyne - confirming the amount, quality, suitability and sustainability of water to support expansion and diversification of new horticultural and agricultural developments, as well as examining land tenure options to further support investment.
East Kimberley/Bonaparte Plains – investigating land and water availability on approximately 30 000 hectares of loamy soils suitable to diversify agriculture in the region (for example; chia, grazing pastures, biofuels and traditional tree and horticultural options).
La Grange-West Canning Basin - improving understanding of the water resources in the West Canning Basin-Sandfire groundwater system, with the aim of supporting long term economic development.
Derby – exploring the potential for the Knowsley Agricultural Area, near Derby, which has potential for large scale irrigation and intensive cropping of up to 5000 hectares.